5 Bathroom Sink Design Choices

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Choosing a bathroom sink design can be overwhelming. Not only do you want a sink that is functional, but you want something that will match the design of the bathroom. There are so many style choices that it can become confusing. Here is a brief overview of the most popular sink designs and the benefits offered by each.

Standard Vanity Bowls

Many people prefer the standard vanity counter with a sink bowl. This design has worked for decades, and with so many choices in material, color, and size, it will remain popular for the standard bathroom. A vanity can be customized in size, shape, and dimension.

Wall Hung Sinks

These are not widely used, but they can be great for children's bathrooms, those who need a lower sink, or small bathrooms where space is not available. They are installed directly on the wall with no counter. The plumbing is hidden behind the sink. The challenge is that the wall must be strong enough to hold the weight of the sink and water. Many contractors won't install them unless the wall is a solid structural one.

Pedestal Sinks

A pedestal sink is a great choice for guest baths and a half or quarter bathroom. There is no cabinetry involved. The sink bowl is a solid piece on top of a stand. The pipes can be hidden in the pedestal portion of the sink itself. Installation is relatively simple and can be completed by anyone with basic plumbing knowledge. These sinks are popular for small rooms and bathrooms used by children.

Vessel Sinks

Vessel sinks are popular in modern homes. They require more space, and the installation process is different. The faucets for these sinks are attached either to the back of the counter or directly to the wall behind the sink. With a vessel sink, you can choose to have a bowl that sits on the counter or a bowl that is partially inserted into the counter. Vessel sinks are manufactured from virtually any material.

Double Sink Vanities

For homeowners with a large bathroom, a double sink can add a wonderful design element. You can choose a single vanity counter with 2 sinks, or 2 individual sinks within a larger counter. They are used most often in master suite bathrooms as a 'his' and 'hers' sink.

Sink Materials

Regardless of the style of sink chosen, it will usually be available in a wide variety of materials. Porcelain remains a popular choice. It's easy to maintain and can be incorporated into any design scheme. Fiberglass-reinforced plastic is popular in homes where a sink needs to be molded into an odd shape. The downside of fiberglass is that the finish doesn't last long and it isn't as durable as other materials. Other materials such as stainless steel, china, and natural stone are also available.